Google Drive is a file storage service launched by Google in 2012. Google Drive allows users to save and sync their phone, tablet, and computer files on Google servers. In addition to the web version, this product has been released in several other versions for Android, iOS, Mac, and Windows platforms.
Google Drive is integrated with other Google products such as Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides, and members of a team can work on files as a group. When a team member publishes a document on Google Docs, the created file is automatically placed in Google Drive and other team members can view and edit it.
Google Drive provides its users with 15 GB of free space and 100 GB, 1, 2, 10, 20, and 30 TB through paid plans. Uploaded files can be up to 5 terabytes in size. Users can define access permissions on files and specify the type of sharing with other people. In the web version, users can search among the desired files by describing images or using natural language.
The website and Android application of this product have a section for making a backup copy and saving it on the computer. The number of active users of this service reached 800 million in March 2017, and according to the statistics of 2015, more than one million users have used the paid plans of this product. In May 2017, more than 2 trillion files were placed on Google Drive.
Features and Specification of the Google Drive program; Google Backup and Sync:
- Offering 15 GB of free space
- Easy sharing
- Ability to define the level of access to files and folders
- It has web, desktop (Windows/Mac), and mobile (Android and iOS) versions.
- Integrate with many internet services
- Display all types of files in the browser, including images, video files, audio files, text files, Word files, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.
- Ability to upload files up to 5 GB
- Natural language search
- Smart image search
- The possibility of making a backup copy and saving it in the desired location
- File encryption
– Operating system requirements
Windows 7 and newer
Version 10.7 (Lion) or newer
Google Drive is not currently available for the Linux operating system. Linux users can still access Google Drive on the web at drive.google.com or through the Google Drive mobile app.
– Mobile devices and tablets
– Browser requirements
Chrome (as of 11/10/2014, the current versions are: 38.0.2125.119 (Windows) and 38.0.2125.111 (Mac)
Firefox (as of 11/10/2014, the current version is 33.1)
Safari (not supported on Windows )
Internet Explorer (current version is IE 11)
This software is free.
The software of this service was previously offered with the same name as Google Drive, which was then released in two types, personal and commercial, with the names Google Backup and Sync and Drive File Stream. In the middle of 2021, Google again turned to the development and release of the software of this service under the name of Google Drive, which is the updated and upgraded version of Google Backup and Sync. Backup and Sync will no longer be available from the beginning of 2022.